Newtown Township

Board of Supervisors Minutes

December 11, 2002


MINUTES WERE APPROVED at the regular meeting January 8, 2002. REGULAR MEETING OF 12/11/02:  Mr. Weaver moved to approve the minutes of the 12/11/02 regular meeting; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously.


The Newtown Township Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday, December 11, 2002, in the Township meeting room at 8:00 PM.  In attendance were Supervisors:  Chairman Scott Harp, Vice Chairman Tom Jirele, Treasurer Richard Weaver, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Anne Goren and Member Raymond Goodnoe.  Also present were: Planning Commission Chairperson Karen Doorley,  Township Planner Michael Frank, Sycamore Street Committee Chairman Vince Lombardi, Township Solicitor Stephen Harris, Township Engineer Gerald Smith, Township Manager Bob Pellegrino and Township Finance Director Elaine Gibbs. 

CALL TO ORDER:  Chairman Harp called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 PM with a moment of silence. 

INVOCATION:  Given by Rabbi Howard Cove, Kol Emet Yardley Reconstructionist Congregation.  This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA:  Mr. Pellegrino announced that an escrow release will be considered under the Engineer’s Report; a maintenance bond for Cliveden and a transfer of escrow funds will be considered under the Solicitor’s Report; and there will be no executive session tonight.  Mr. Harp added that the Reports of Committees, Boards and Commissions will be heard before the adoption of the 2003 budget. 

MINUTES, BILLS LIST AND REPORTS

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING OF 11/20/02:  Mrs. Goren moved to approve the minutes of the 11/20/02 regular meeting; the motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously, with Mr. Jirele abstaining. 

BILLS AND INTERFUND TRANSFERS:  Mr. Weaver moved to pay bills totaling $180,282.28, and to make interfund transfers totaling $320,300.00.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

TREASURER’S REPORT:  None.  

SPECIAL ACTIONS 

MIKE FRANK - COMMUNITY PLANNER - RECOGNITION:  Mr. Harp presented a proclamation honoring Township Planner Mike Frank, Director of Community Planning at the Heritage Conservancy.  He said the Conservancy will no longer provide muncipal planning services in 2003.  Mr. Harp said Mr. Frank helped the Township through a period of tremendous growth and change during the 13 years of his tenure, and played a major role in planning and zoning matters. 

CONDITIONAL USE (SOIL STRIPPING) - LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS COUNCIL (LSAC) - PHEASANT RUN AND PENN STREET - TMP #29-10-33:  Attorney Don Marshall and engineer Wayne Johnson were present to discuss the applicant’s request for a G-15 conditional use to remove soil from their construction site on Penn Street.  

Mrs. Goren moved to open the advertised public hearing on the conditional use request; the motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Johnson was sworn in. 

Mr. Marshall stated that the applicant is requesting conditional use approval to remove between 3500 and 4000 cubic yards of topsoil from the construction site for the LSAC office building.  He said that LSAC will give the soil to anyone in the Township who can use it.  Mr. Marshall reviewed the ordinance requirements for a G-15 Use and stated the applicant’s request meets all of them.  He noted that the Planning Commission recommended approval of this request in their letter of11/8/02. 

Mr. Johnson said he agreed with Mr. Marshall’s statements. 

Mr. Jirele asked if the applicant has explored whether there is a site in the Township for the soil.  Mr. Marshall said there does not seem to be a need for soil in the Township right now. 

Frank Mentrikoski of the Newtown Gate Traffic Impact Committee said there is pending litigation on this land development plan, and he questioned if the Township should approve this request.  Mr. Harris said the applicant still has the right to make this application. 

Mr. Weaver moved to approve the conditional use for soil stripping at the Law School Admissions Council site at Pheasant Run and Penn Street.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Weaver moved to close the hearing; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

ADOPTION OF BUDGET:  Moved to follow the reports of committees, boards and commissions (below). 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES, BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS 

PLANNING COMMISSION:  Commission Chairperson Karen Doorley reported on their 12/3/02 meeting.  Traffic Engineer Phil Wursta updated the Commission on current traffic projects.  The conditional use application of Pryda, Inc., was postponed at the applicant’s request.  A sketch plan for Premises C on Newtown-Yardley Road was reviewed, and the applicant was asked to address stormwater and traffic issues in the formal submission.  The Commission recommended the approval of the continuation of a nonconforming use for Lavender Hall, on Washington Crossing Road.  

The Commission also reviewed a conditional use application for an Upper Makefield development on a tract bordering the Township at Washington Crossing Road and Stoopville Road.  The Commission had concerns about potential traffic problems in the area. 

The Business Development Council has asked the Commission to comment on several proposed zoning changes in the LI and O-LI Districts; this issue will be discussed at a meeting in January. 

FIRST NIGHT:  Mrs. Doorley also announced that buttons for the First Night Newtown events are for sale. 

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD (HARB):  HARB member Vince Lombardi said the Board considered one application at their last meeting, regarding a building on Sycamore Street which is being converted to offices. 

SYCAMORE STREET COMMITTEE:  Mr. Lombardi, Chairman of the Committee, reported that they met on 12/10/02 and discussed changes in the street light design. 

Mr. Goodnoe said there was an incident of illegal dumping earlier during the Sycamore Street project, and he asked if Mr. Lombardi ever instructed a truck driver to dump waste on the Peter Taylor farm.  Mr. Lombardi said he did not. 

FINANCIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE:  Mr. Weaver reported that the Committee met on 12/10/02 and had further discussions of the new capital fund policy.  The Committee is obtaining an appraisal of Township assets. 

SPECIAL ACTIONS (CONTINUED) 

ADOPTION OF 2003 BUDGET - RESOLUTION 2002-R-28:  Mr. Weaver moved to open the public hearing on the resolution to adopt the budget.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Weaver moved to adopt Resolution 2002-R-28, adopting the 2003 budget.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren. 

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Harp asked Mr. Pellegrino to summarize the changes made to the budget in previous discussions since it was hung.  Mr. Pellegrino said the following changes have been made:

·         Reduce the increase in the Fire Tax from one mill to half a mill.

·         Eliminate the utility payments for the Fire Company.

·         Remove the $60,000 for a document imaging system.

·         Reduce the Board Programs allocation by $20,000 by eliminating the payment to the Joint Downtown Newtown Corporation (JDNC). 

Mr. Goodnoe said the JDNC has done a lot of good work and it is a unique partnership of the Township and the Borough.  He said it is a good investment that will return much more than the $20,000 contribution, and he feels eliminating the contribution is short sighted. 

Mr. Jirele said he agrees that the JDNC funding should be in the budget.  He noted that the JDNC has done good work on such projects as the preservation of the Chancellor Street School and the renovation of the Newtown Theater.  He said the JDNC is important for the revitalization of downtown Newtown. 

Mr. Weaver said he met with Mark CraIg of the JDNC, and learned that the group’s mission is the revitalization of the downtown area and historic preservation, but he is concerned about all of the Township.  He said he would support hiring a director of economic development, and would make this his top priority in 2003.  Mr. Weaver said he is forming a committee to work with the Township and the Borough on problems such as the high vacancy rate at the Newtown Industrial Commons (NIC).  He said the JDNC only helps the Borough, and the Main Street Manager would report to the JDNC Board and not the Township Manager. 

Mr. Jirele said it is not fair to criticize the JDNC for not working on an area that is not their primary focus.  He also asked Mr. Weaver to clarify the committee he is forming.  Mr. Weaver said he has contacted a few people and will propose a group of appointees after the new year.   Mr. Jirele said this is the first he has heard of this idea, and this is not a good way to create a committee. 

Mr. Goodnoe said he supported the idea of the Business Development Council working on the vacancy problem in the NIC, but the JDNC is also interested in the whole Newtown area.  Mr. Goodnoe said the JDNC is accountable to its Board of Directors, which is appointed by the Township and the Borough. 

Mrs. Goren said the JDNC held a visioning session to discuss the Stockburger proposal.  She said it is acting independently in trying to put a car dealership on the Bypass, which most residents do not want.  She expressed concern that the group is taking public money without being accountable to the public. 

Mr. Jirele said the visioning meeting was to collect data and give the public a voice about an important corner on Sycamore Street, not to advocate for any particular plan.  He said the majority of the Board of Supervisors refused to discuss the proposal openly. 

Marcia Scull, President of Newtown Borough Council, objected to Mr. Weaver’s comments and said the JDNC benefits both the Township and the Borough.  She said removing the funding for the JDNC is an insult to the volunteers who have worked so hard and accomplished so much. 

Elisha Sham, a Township resident, said it seems the Board’s decisions are made for political reasons.  She also asked that the bathrooms at Swamp Road Park be open during flag football games. 

Nancy Crescenzo, a Township resident, asked why residents are asked to limit their remarks to five minutes.  Mr. Harp said he would like everyone to have a chance to speak.  She said none of the concerns mentioned tonight about the JDNC were raised previously.  She said Mr. Harp, Mr. Weaver and Mrs. Goren have not been responsive to residents’ budget priorities. 

Susan Iazetti, a resident of Silver Lake Road, said she is strongly opposed to a car dealership on the Bypass. 

Sue Beasley, a Township resident, said the Board made a commitment to the JDNC that they should keep. 

Mark Craig, the acting Chairman of the JDNC, said the Main Street Manager program has been successful nationwide.  He agrees that the needs of both the downtown area and the NIC should be addressed.  He described the JDNC’s activities and accomplishments over the last two years, and said over 100 citizens have been involved in its work.  Mr. Craig stated that the JDNC has not taken a position on the Stockburger proposal, but provided a public forum.  He also said the group is accountable to the municipalities that appoint them.  He asked the Board to reconsider eliminating funding for the JDNC. 

Jim Ott, a Township resident and a member of the Planning Commission and the Sycamore Street Committee, asked the Board to keep their word to the Borough and reinstate funding for the JDNC. 

Glenn Beasley, a Township resident, said he has calculated that the 2003 budget calls for the Township to spend $1.3 million more than total revenues next year.  He proposed cutting expenditures for several items, mostly in the Park and Recreation budget.  Mr. Beasley also said the Board of Supervisors’ actions have made the Township an object of ridicule in the County, and have discouraged businesses from coming into Newtown.   

Alan Rogers, a Newtown resident, suggested that in the future the budget should separate capital investment expenditures and operating expenses in the fund balance summary.  He noted that capital investment expenditures create assets. 

Linda Scott, a resident of Upper Silver Lake Road, stated her opposition to the Stockburger proposal. 

Del Purscell, a Township resident, asked the Board to not go back on their word regarding the JDNC.   

Ethel Hibbs, a Township resident and secretary for two Township boards, asked that Mr. Harp apologize to Mr. Goodnoe regarding his resignation from the JDNC board and ask him to reconsider.  She also asked that the funding for the JDNC be put back in the budget. 

Mr. Weaver moved to ask Mr. Goodnoe to rescind his resignation. 

Mr. Harris said there is a previous motion on the floor which should be voted on first. 

Mr. Weaver withdrew his motion. 

Lisa Kruse, a Township resident and a member of the JDNC, asked the Board to keep their promise to the Borough and the community.  She also said the Board receives the minutes of JDNC meetings and should know that the JDNC has not taken a position on the Stockburger proposal. 

Susan Iazetti said she regrets that the Stockburger issue is hurting the JDNC. 

Nancy Pickering, a Newtown Borough resident and a member of the JDNC, asked the Board to support cooperative efforts like the JDNC. 

Jim Bowe, a Township resident, said he supports the goals of the JDNC but has concerns about how well they are being addressed.  He said the JDNC failed to meet several objectives, such as hiring a Main Street Manager.  He suggested that the Board not throw away this project, but meet with the JDNC and the Borough and discuss these concerns. 

Mike Iapalucci, a Township resident, said Mrs. Goren is scaring residents by linking the JDNC with the Stockburger proposal and the budget.  He said that the Board never talked to the Borough about their concerns. 

Mrs. Goren said her main objection is that she does not want to see public money go to a group the Township cannot control.  Mr. Jirele said the Township already does this when it gives money to the Business Development Council and the libraries. 

Mr. Iappalucci asked Mr. Harp why he changed his mind about the JDNC in the last two years.  Mr. Harp said the Main Street Manager program was a big factor. 

Mark Byelich, a Township resident, said he does not want to see Mrs. Hibbs suffer any repercussions for speaking out earlier.  He also said the Board has consistently refused to listen to residents on several issues.  He expressed concern about Mr. Beasley’s comments about the budget, and about the business environment in the Township. 

Frank Mendicino, a Township resident, said he supported the JDNC but it has become politicized.  He said that providing a forum for the Stockburgers is bypassing the Board of Supervisors.  He also said the JDNC has failed in several areas, including the hiring of a Main Street Manager.  Mr. Mendicino said there are more residents in the Township than those who regularly come to the Board’s public meetings. 

Mr. Goodnoe asked Mr. Harp to call the question.  Mr. Jirele said that the Board has discussed only one item in the budget. 

Mr. Weaver’s motion passed 3-2, with Mr. Goodnoe and Mr. Jirele voting “nay”. 

Mr. Harp said his major concerns about the JDNC were that paperwork was late and that the Main Street Manager position seemed to be limited in its ability to address problems in the Industrial Commons. 

Mr. Goodnoe moved to reinstate the $20,000 expenditure for funding the JDNC in the 2003 budget.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele. 

Discussion of motion:  Nancy Pickering said the JDNC is a five year commitment and is still developing.  The group missed the first window of opportunity, not a deadline.   

Mr. Jirele said that if the Township cuts the funding it will kill the program.  He noted that the Township’s contributions do not become an expense until the Main Street Manager is hired.  He said that concerns about the JDNC should have been discussed with its board. 

Mr. Weaver said he was going to suggest leaving the $20,000 in until there is more dialogue with the JDNC.  Mr. Harp said he was going to suggest leaving the $20,000 in a new line item called “economic development”. 

Mrs. Goren said the main problem is that the JDNC is an independent organization set up by the state with no accountability. 

Mr. Jirele said the Township influences the JDNC because it funds the group.  He added that he does not agree with Mr. Harp’s idea because the Township needs to follow through on its commitment to the group and the volunteers. 

Nancy Crescenzo said she called state officials and learned that the JDNC has not done anything wrong.  She asked that the Township keep its word, and also that the Board not accept Mr. Goodnoe’s resignation. 

John D’Aprile, a Township resident, asked the Board to listen to the people. 

Mr. Goodnoe’s motion passed 3-2, with Mr. Harp and Mrs. Goren voting “nay”. 

Mr. Weaver moved to ask Mr. Goodnoe to rescind his resignation from the JDNC Board.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele. 

Discussion of motion:  Mrs. Goren asked if the Board can make this motion if it never accepted the resignation.  There was general agreement that it could. 

Mr. Weaver’s motion passed unanimously. 

MEMBERS COMMENTS:  None. 

COMMUNITY COMMENTS 

Sue Beasley, a member of the Planning Commission and a former member of the Park and Recreation Board, asked the Board to note the recent passing of Palmer Sharpless, who served on the Park and Recreation Board. 

Del Purscell, a Township resident, thanked the Board of Supervisors for their actions tonight. 

Marcia Scull said the relationship between the Township and the Borough has broken down in several areas.  She invited the Board of Supervisors to meet with Borough Council to discuss their relationship, and suggested the 9th, 21st, 23rd, 28th or 29th of January.  Mr. Harp said he will welcome such a meeting. 

Alan Rogers, a Township resident, read a statement about the School Board redistricting.  He said the three region plan would have been better, but the judge chose the best nine region plan.  He said he and Mr. Burns had decided not to appeal the judge’s decision, although the Township could. 

Nancy Crescenzo read a statement about several park projects.  She expressed concerns about safety at the Clark Center and at Hidden Lake.  She also said the Clark Center was supposed to be a nature preserve named after both Mary and Lyman Clark. 

Mr. Harris said the actions of the Board of Supervisors regarding the naming and the development of the Clark property were authorized by the terms of the agreement. 

Ms Crescenzo asked that the Board follow through on its agreement to prevent access to the Clark Center at night.  She also asked that the trails along Eagle Road be plowed. 

REPORTS OF OFFICIALS 

CHAIRMAN 

FIRST NIGHT NEWTOWN:  Mr. Harp said there will be full information about this event in the newspapers. 

WORK SESSION:  Mr. Harp said the work session scheduled for 12/16/02 has been canceled due to a lack of business. 

ACME SITE VISIONING COMMITTEE:  Mr. Harp said the Committee will report to the Board in January, and will meet on 12/12/02 at 7:30 AM. 

SWAMP ROAD MEETING:  Mr. Harp said the 12/5/02 meeting to discuss the results of the Swamp Road study was canceled because of bad weather.  It will be rescheduled. 

MEETING WITH THE BOROUGH:  Mr. Goodnoe asked if the meeting with the Borough can be scheduled tonight.  Mr. Harp said Board members will confer later to set a date. 

MANAGER 

PLAN EXPIRATIONS:  Mr. Pellegrino said there are no expirations needing to be addressed. 

SOLICITOR 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH LOWER MAKEFIELD - ORDINANCE 2002-O-13:  Mr. Harris said an ordinance adopting the traffic agreement with Lower Makefield Township was advertised for public hearing tonight.  He said two separate motions are necessary, to adopt the ordinance and to adopt the agreement. 

Mr. Goodnoe said he does not like the language of the agreement and will vote against it. 

Mr. Weaver moved to adopt Ordinance 2002-O-13; the motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed 4-1, with Mr. Goodnoe voting “nay”. 

Mrs. Goren said only half of the sentence she wanted added to item #2 is in the version of the agreement under consideration.  Mr. Jirele said the sentence is not necessary, as there already is access to Lindenhurst Road through Roadway B and the ICT parking lot. 

Mr. Goodnoe said the Board should resolve the question of how to address the concern about left turns onto Lindenhurst Road before voting on the agreement.  He said the Township should not make this type of guarantee to another municipality.   

Mr. Jirele moved to adopt the Intergovernmental Agreement, with the last sentence of item #2 struck.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed 3-2, with Mr. Goodnoe and Mrs. Goren voting “nay”. 

JMZO AMENDMENT - UPPER MAKEFIELD CELL TOWER SITES - ORDINANCE 2002-O-14:  Mr. Harris explained that the hearing on this amendment was continued at the last meeting to ascertain if Upper Makefield enacted the amendment, which it has. 

Mr. Weaver moved to enact Ordinance 2002-O-14.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

PENSION PLAN AMENDMENTS PER ACT 30 - AUTHORIZATION TO ADVERTISE - ORDINANCE 2002-O-12:  Mr. Weaver moved to authorize the Solicitor to advertise this ordinance for adoption on 1/8/03.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

IROP AMENDMENT - AUTHORIZATION TO ADVERTISE - ORDINANCE 2002-O-15:  Mr. Jirele moved to authorize the Solicitor to advertise this ordinance for adoption on 1/8/03.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

APPOINTMENT OF CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT - 2002 AUDIT: Mr. Weaver moved to appoint Stanley N. Booz & Company as the independent auditor of the Township’s accounts for fiscal year 2002.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

AMENDMENT TO NON-UNIFORMED EMPLOYEE PENSION PLAN - AUTHORIZATION TO ADVERTISE:  Mr. Weaver moved to authorize the Solicitor to advertise the Amendment to the Non-Uniformed Employee Pension Plan for adoption on 1/8/03.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

Mr. Harris noted that it is not necessary to amend the Police Pension Plan, as that was done in 2001 when the GUST Amendment was approved. 

ZONING HEARING BOARD APPLICATIONS:  Mr. Harris reviewed the two new applications before the Zoning Hearing Board.  The Supervisors indicated no desire to have the Solicitor represent them at the hearings.  

PENNS PRESERVE - DEDICATION:  Mr. Jirele moved to accept dedication of the public improvements at Penns Preserve.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren and passed unanimously. 

PICKERING CHASE - DEDICATION:  Mr. Harris said the one remaining issue is whether the developer has submitted as-built plans with the Township.  Members of the Board agreed to table this issue until it can be ascertained whether the plans have been reviewed by Carroll Engineering Corporation. 

CLIVEDEN SECTION I - ESCROW RELEASE:  Mr. Harris provided copies of a 12/9/02 memo from Finance Director Elaine Gibbs.  According to the memo, release of the escrow funds was approved by the Board in 1995, but the funds were never released. 

Mrs. Goren moved to release $20,000, the balance of the escrow for Cliveden Section.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

EAGLE GLEN PHASE III - ESCROW RELEASE:  Mr. Harris provided copies of a 12/9/02 memo from Finance Director Elaine Gibbs and a 12/4/02 letter from James Moulton regarding two escrow funds for Eagle Glen.  He said that that these escrow funds can be released because the Kramer suit was settled. 

Mr. Jirele moved to authorize the release of $13,163.55 in escrow funds for condemnation expenses related to Eagle Glen Phase III, and $21,466.22 for sidewalks, in accordance with Mr. Moulton’s letter of 12/4/02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver and passed unanimously. 

ENGINEER 

TRAFFIC SIGNAL - DURHAM ROAD AND WRIGHTS ROAD - PAYMENT #2:  Mrs. Goren moved to authorize payment #2 in the amount of $9,142.81 to Hinkels and McCoy, Inc. for work completed on the installation of the traffic light at Durham Road and Wrights Road.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

LAKEVIEW ESTATES - ESCROW RELEASE #4:  Mr. Goodnoe moved to release $228,974.80 in escrow funds for improvements at Lakeview Estates.  The motion was seconded by Mrs. Goren. 

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Jirele asked if the issue of moving the trees has been resolved.  Mr. Smith said this is being addressed. 

Mr. Goodnoe’s motion passed unanimously.

RESERVE (HESTON) - ESCROW RELEASE #2:  Mrs. Goren moved to release $360,482.54 in escrow funds for improvements at the Reserve (the Heston Tract).  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

LOMBARDI -125 N. SYCAMORE STREET - SIGN MYLARS:  Mrs. Goren moved to sign the mylars for the Lombardi subdivision at 125 N. Sycamore Street.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

LINTON HILL AND WASHINGTON CROSSING ROADS TRAFFIC SIGNAL - CHANGE ORDER #1:  Mrs. Goren moved to approve Change Order #1 for Armour Electric on the installation of the traffic signal system at Linton Hill and Washington Crossing Roads.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver.

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Jirele asked if a battery backup exists on any other traffic signal in the Township.  Mr. Smith said it does exist on a few, and gives a four to six hour window in case of a power failure.  Mr. Goodnoe asked if the controller is consistent with the Closed Loop system.  Mr. Smith said it is. 

Mrs. Goren’s motion passed 4-1, with Mr. Jirele voting “nay”. 

WILTSHIRE WALK - ESCROW RELEASE #1:  Mr. Weaver moved to release $753,060.67 in escrow funds for the Wiltshire Walk project.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Jirele and passed unanimously. 

ENGINEER’S REPORT:  Mr. Smith provided copies of his Engineer’s Report and noted that the left turn on Mill Pond Road is warranted.  The left turn on Buck Road is not warranted, but Mr. Smith said he thinks it will be approved. 

OLD BUSINESS:  None. 

NEW BUSINESS 

LAVENDER HALL - WASHINGTON CROSSING ROAD - REQUEST FOR CONTINUATION OF NONCONFORMING USE:  Andrew Teitelman and attorney Don Marshall were present to discuss their request to continue a nonconfoming use (Restaurant) at this location.   

Mr. Marshall referred the Board to the 12/2/02 letter from Mr. Teitelman attached to Mr. Marshall’s letter of 12/4/02, copies of which were provided.  The issue of customer parking across the street from the restaurant will be addressed by providing valet parking during peak lunch and dinner hours and during banquets.  Mr. Marshall said there will be at least three attendants, and other staff will be trained to provide backup if needed.  He said the applicant met with the Fire Marshal tonight to discuss this plan.   

Mr. Teitelman said the restaurant will be open during banquets. 

Mrs. Goren moved to approve the continuation of the nonconfoming use at the former Lavender Hall, with the conditions described in the Planning Commission letter of 12/10/02.  The motion was seconded by Mr. Weaver. 

Discussion of motion:  Mr. Jirele asked why there are no sprinklers in the facility now.  Mr. Teitelman said the restaurant currently uses well water. 

Mrs. Goren’s motion passed unanimously. 

COMMUNITY COMMENTS CONTINUED 

Nancy Crescenzo asked the Board to give the public notice if they plan to have a meeting to discuss goals for the year.  She also asked for more copies of the GreenWorks Gazette, asked citizens to report trucks that drop stones in the road, and asked that applicants for Township committees be acknowledged.  Ms Crescenzo also said she regretted that the Board discussed only one item in the 2003 budget tonight. 

Mr. Harp thanked those who have served on committees, his fellow Supervisors, Township staff and citizens who attend meetings, for their hard work and commitment to the Township. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  None. 

ADJOURNMENT:  With no objections, the meeting was adjourned at 12:55 AM, 12/12/02.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

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Gretta Stone, Recording Secretary

 

Minutes Approved as submitted _______ as corrected _______

 

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Scott R. Harp, Chairman

 

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Thomas Jirele, Vice Chairman

 

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Anne Goren, Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

 

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Richard Weaver, Treasurer

 

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Raymond Goodnoe, Member